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Murray's Wild Thing Imperial Stout - Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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Murray's Wild Thing Imperial StoutMurray's Wild Thing Imperial Stout

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 18
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Murray's Craft Brewing Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Murray's 'Wild Thing' Imperial Stout was inspired by the great stouts favoured by the Russian Imperial Court. A massive, intense drinking experience. The colour is black. Totally black. Impossible to see through even when held up to the light - nothing insipid about this beer.

Aromas of strong dark chocolate, a little fruitiness from the hops and yeast and some rumminess from the alcohol. The flavour is an intense hit of mocha - bitter dark chocolate bordering on coffee. Some malt sweetness but an aggressive hop bitterness and roast grain bite to balance. And then there's the mouthfeel... Full bodied is an understatement. Massive mouth-fillling malt that almost overwhelms, before the freight train of the bitterness from the hops and the roast acidity kicks in to clean up the palate.

(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 11-15-2008)
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

motabika, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

jfstilling, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

dmorgan310, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Gasc0igne
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL. 2014 Batch. BB 220516.

A gorgeous thick and impenetrable black pour yields an inch of a very dark and creamy tanned head. Awesome retention. Leaves behind a humble sheet atop the beer. Stunning lacing. Looks heavy in the glass.

The aroma of tropical hops and pineapple is immediate and obvious. Lemon marmalade. Muscovado sugar. Black tea. Prune juice. Rum-soaked dark fruits permeate the nose. No coffee to speak of, though there is a solid roasted malt backbone.

Bitter. Burnt toast. A clean sweetness (almost like coconut juice? difficult to describe) that leads to a nice hit of bitter dark chocolate. Balanced hop bitterness pushes through (and lingers) with a slight woody end. Cleverly hidden alcohol.

Medium bodied. Low-moderate carbonation. Cloying, coats the mouth and lips. Would've liked to see a fuller body on this beast.

Haven't been a big fan of Black IPAs or the like in the past, so I was surprised how much I like the hop presence in this stout. Superbly crafted.

Gasc0igne, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from BobbyHeenan. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Best Before 16 May 2014

APPEARANCE: A thicker, opaque black pour yields a 1+ finger, thicker looking, creamy, light mocha head with great retention. Pitch black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a thick foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A ring and slight wisp remain leaving some splotchy lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark fruits, dates, and some dark chocolate on the nose. Big aromas. Light sweet cream with the chocolate and grape notes. Very nice.

TASTE: Roasted malts, dark fruit, dark chocolate with leather notes up front. Flavorful for sure. Bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted, bitter chocolate leather, tobacco and a touch of dark fruits as well. Burnt flavors underline the rest of it. Flavorful and complex.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Okay. Enough weight, but not quite big enough for top marks.

OVERALL: Perhaps the best of the Murray's bunch. Good look with a complex flavor profile. The feel is fine, but an even fuller and creamier palate would help bring the flavors out just a touch more. Solid all around. Thanks for deciding to send this one over Bobby. Would definitely go for it again. Recommended.

Jeffo, Jul 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

spycow, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

bmwats, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

francisweizen, Oct 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

tobelerone, Aug 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

dansmcd, Jun 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Rwalford74, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Murray's Manly. From notes.

A - Poured black with mild carbonation, one finger of mocha head. Good islands of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Espresso, coffee. Lacking depth, but nice.

T - Really roasty, booze, coffee was quite strong, Belgian yeast and fruit.

M - Nice carbonation, full chewy body, bitter finish.

O/D - Nice, strong stout. Odd yeast profile but quite drinkable and warming.

tbeckett, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

MordeciaFunk, Jun 06, 2012
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on apr´12.Pitch black in color, very dark brown to the light. Lasting, small bubbled, tan head. Toasted sweet malts, ripe dark fruits, hints of chocolate, both in flavors & aromas. Oily hoppy bitterness is shown in the middle. Silky palate. Full body, soft carbonation. Bitterness, softened by choco notes, flows as an underground river through an smooth viscous malty mountain & lingers into the end with subtle acidic fruit touch. Slightly fruity aftertaste. 10% ABV! Who cares?...Good job Aussies!!!

GONZALOYANNA, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Texasfan549, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

kjkinsey, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

KevSal, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Masterski. Thanks, Alex.

Black as pitch, and nicely carbonated. The head retains solidly for a few minutes before settling to a crown.

Smells appropriately roasty, charred but not burnt, neither sweet nor dry. Bittersweet chocolate comes to mind.

The palate is similarly middle of the road in all respects. Full-bodied and roasty, chocolatey in a bitter, unsweetened way. Little bit ashy and tarry, but actually quite balanced between bitter and sweet. Finishes with anise and roast, a little lingering bitterness. Pretty nice stuff, a solid no frills imperial stout.

largadeer, Jan 23, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large, lasting dark tan head.
Nose shows dark chocolate, resinous hops, oatmeal and wood notes with solid roasted malt backing.
Very big, powerful flavours, lots of piney, resinous hops throughout, with cocoa and chocolate fudge showing up only momentarily. Boozy finish, but not over the top or hot.
Pretty bloody good but a little over-hopped for my liking.
Nice syrupy body, carbonation seems just a little high.

CrazyDavros, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

FlandersNed, Nov 30, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

mungus, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of danieelol
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mulder1010

Something good for my 100th review.

Pours black with a nice head

Aroma is markedly hoppy with roast and subtle banana-y esters, somewhat Jack Daniel's-like.

Taste is also enjoyable with nice roast and hop balance.

Very enjoyable beer, did not expect it to be as well made as it was.

danieelol, Oct 31, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black hue which lets no light in and produces a chocolate laced one finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is roasted malts,chocolate,boozy alcohol and dark expresso,the mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and slick with tastes of dark belgian chocolate,turkish coffee,dark berries,roasted malts,molasses,a touch of aniseed and finished with a punchy hop bittersweetness and overall i like it and its definately one of Australia's better RIS's and yes i would revisit.

ADZA, Aug 22, 2011
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Murray's Wild Thing Imperial Stout from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.